Earlier this year in the Philippines, we gathered the children in our Survivor Care and evacuated to remain safe from the eruption of a nearby volcano. Now, because of COVID-19, we’re sheltering in place in our safe homes. 2020 has been difficult because one of the most important things for children recovering from trauma is stability.
Resilience generally means the ability to bounce back or recover from trauma or difficulties. In the physical sense, resilience is the ability of a material to resume its shape, after being deformed. For the children in our care at the Love146 safe homes in the Philippines, resilience means more than that.
Whenever we were with the children in public places, people would ask, “Who are all these children? Are they siblings?” I would say, they are cousins or they are playmates, or just ignored the question. Now I have determined that Love146 children will be called “scholars” instead of “clients” as they would be called in all the other safe homes or shelters in the Philippines. The children’s eyes lit up when they heard the word “scholar.” And as I explained why “scholar” is an appropriate term for them, I thought I saw great self-worth dawning upon their faces.
A post from our Director of Asia Survivor Care: “It’s a heartbreaking sight to watch a toddler walk the path toward our home. She cannot speak, yet reveals in actions the horrors that she’s gone through…” (The content in this story may be triggering for survivors of child abuse.)